Maps and power

The Wikipedia article on “redlining” (“the practice of denying, or increasing the cost of, services such as banking, insurance, access to jobs, access to health care, or even supermarkets to residents in certain, often racially determined, areas”) includes a great map of Philadelphia from 1936.

HOLC map of redlining in Philadelphia in 1936

Source: Wikipedia.

The map, which was prepared by a New Deal created federal agency called the Home Owner’s Loan Corporation, shows –in red– areas of the city that could not receive home mortgages or business loans.

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